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An Expat Talks about Living in Tijuana, Mexico

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Tijuana

How long have you lived there?

3.5 years

In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

Tijuana is extremely diverse culturally. There are a high percentage of Catholics and many Evangelical Christians as well, in addition to an Eastern Orthodox church. Economically, the gap between the wealthy and the poor is more pronounced (vs. US) altough there is a strong middle-class, Mexico in general is much more class conscious than the US

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

Tourism, factories and business.

In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?

Because we live in a border region, people's priorities generally revolve around family and work, in that order, then friends, socializing and sports.

If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.

Make language acquistion a high priority--but not over taking care of you family's needs! If you know nothing about Mexican culture, working with a Mexican professional language tutor can really help you learn the culture at the same time. Be prepared that adjusting to a foreign environment can be very difficult--usually more so for spouses (typically SAHM) and takes up to 3 years to begin to feel a part of the community.

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guest
Apr 11, 2011 20:35

This report is good. I have some Spanish and will learn more once there, but how cheap would a small apartment be in Tijuana? Is there any real danger due to the drug wars? Elaine

guest
Oct 18, 2011 05:05

I am originally from El Paso Texas. I have lived on or near the Mexican border for most of my life and speak fairly fluent Spanish. I have traveled over most of Mexico. Mexico is a beautiful and diverse country, but STAY AWAY FROM THE BORDER WITH THE U.S. This includes Tijuana, Ciudad Juarez, Matamoros and most points in between. If your interest is drugs and prostitutes, this is your place, but to live there, FORGET IT! Entirely too dangerous.

Roxstar75
Feb 13, 2012 14:28

My wife and I have lived in Tijuana in a couple of different neighborhoods and we find the people in general to be very open and accepting of us, we have found this to be less dangerous than when we lived in L.A. Like anywhere in the world use common sense, it is how you carry yourself and how you treat others. I have lived in other countries as well, this is the first time for my wife who has fallen in love with Mexico. We are retired and have begun our retirement here, we plan to move out of Centro and to the Playas within the next year

guest
May 27, 2013 17:29

You are as safe in TJ as you are in San Diego!

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